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+ - Anti-piracy group fined for stealing music->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Oh, the irony. A musicians’ rights group in the Netherlands was fined this week for stealing music from a client, using it without his permission and failing to pay royalties. Music royalty collection agency Buma/Stemra approached Dutch musician Melchior Rietveldt in 2006 and asked him to create a composition that would be used in an anti-piracy advertisement, which the group said would be shown exclusively at a local film festival. One year later, Rietveldt purchased a Harry Potter DVD only to find that his piece was being used on DVDs around the world without his permission..."
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IBM

+ - Download IBM WebExplorer->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "to leverage business information, applications, and resources across an enterprise by extending the IBM i resources to the client desktop through a web browser.Reliable, security-rich Web based email software that can help many different types of users efficiently manage business-critical information and collaboration, online and offline.aPresented in 1994 with OS/2 Warp (v3), it was hailed as the best browser by Internet Magazine in their November issue[citation needed] and leveraged its position as the only native browser in OS/2 at that time. It was based on the Mosaic web browser and was a coming attraction in The HTML Sourcebook: The Complete Guide to HTML. Almost immediately after the introduction of OS/2 Warp version 3, IBM dismantled the development team and that relegated the WebExplorer to the annals of history. IBM WebExplorer, at that time, was the browser application to beat. OS/2 Warp 4 (1996) included it, but also included a link to download an OS/2 version of Netscape Navigator 2.02, which was late for shipping on CD. IBM had already planned the substitution of WebExplorer."
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Software

+ - Google Wallet PIN cracked in seconds (video)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Right now you’ve got two choices: PayPal and Google Wallet. And if you’re using a Sprint Galaxy Nexus, and have already set up Google Wallet on your phone, you might want to beef up your security. As it turns out, your PIN isn’t all that safe at the moment.

Using a brute force cracking app (unsurprisingly dubbed Wallet Cracker), it takes just five seconds from the time the icon is tapped to when demonstrator Joshua Rubin’s PIN is revealed."

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Businesses

+ - Top Reasons for IT Layoffs in 2011->

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Orome1
Orome1 writes "Based on the data obtained with the help of a data leakage control system, and an in-depth analysis of work time usage by staff, the specialists of Falcongaze analytical department conducted a large-scale survey into the most common reasons of office employee dismissal in Europe in 2011. Inappropriate use of work time and Internet connection turned out to be one of the most compelling reasons for dismissal (26%). Indeed, a lot of inappropriate stuff is happening at the workplaces, you name it – visiting entertainment sites and newsgroups, lengthy chats in instant messengers, watching videos and what not. And this is just minor misconduct. Many people contrive to watch obscene movies, or play online games consuming gigabytes of corporate traffic."
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Games

+ - Is the game publishing model broken ?->

Submitted by think_nix
think_nix (1467471) writes "The first debate at the Dice Summit asked this very question. Analyst Michael Pachter said, 'publishing model today is a broken system that exploits the creative talents of game developers'. Also Ars Technica quotes him again saying, 'The big publishers have mimicked the worst of Hollywood's focus on retreads and sequels'. So is the 'golden age' of gaming finally over for publishers ?"
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IBM

+ - IBM Seeks Patent on Judging Programmers by Commits 5

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "How'd you like to be deemed unworthy of a job based upon a scan of your GitHub updates? That's what proposed in a newly-published IBM patent application for Automated Analysis of Code Developer's Profile, which proposes weeding out developer candidates for certain roles based on things like the amount of changes one typically makes with each commit, how frequently and regularly one makes commits, what hours of the day one makes commits, the percentage of commits with conflicts that one resolves, and the 'depth' of one's commit comments ('shallow', 'mid-range' or 'deep'). Big Blue explains that commit or repository interactions can be used to produce a 'conclusion report' that compares a developer to others who have profiles on the repository, which helps management 'avoid wasted time with ineffective developers."

Comment: Re:Is this something the market forces are demandi (Score 3, Informative) 148

by HWMTM (#37986672) Attached to: Windows OS Coming To the Mainframe
Some estimates have mainframes processing 80% of the world's data. http://fosspatents.blogspot.com/2010/08/western-civilization-runs-on-mainframe.html Now I'm not sure how accurate that percentage is, but if you run an enterprise business and have thousands of servers to maintain, a mainframe still makes a lot of sense.

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